Metropolitan Community Church of The Quad Cities
Who We Are
Hi! Thank you for looking at MCC QC! I am known here as “Pastor Rich,” and it has been my privilege to serve as pastor of MCC QC since Fall of 2004. I choose to pastor here because this congregation has a deep commitment to serving others and to creating a culture of love, trust and appreciation.
Here are a few of my beliefs, which I share freely in worship on Sunday mornings:
• Religion is about rules and about power and control – yuk!
•Spirituality is about our relationship to God, to others and to the world around us – yeah!
•Church should be guilt-free
•God does not care who we have sex with, but cares deeply about how we treat one another
•People should never be “owned” but we are all connected and should seek to live in relationships characterized by mutual love and affection
•There are many paths to God and many names for the Holy One and we can learn much from others
•Jesus is my chosen path
•The Bible does not condemn loving same-gender relationships, but does condemn inhospitality, rape and idolatry
•God honors our honest questions and searching
•God loves diversity
You do not have to agree with everything that I believe to participate or to be a member of MCC QC. I do not claim to have all of the answers – even to my own questions! I do encourage you to ask hard questions and to seek answers.
You and your spiritual journey are welcome at MCC QC.
Love in Christ, Pastor Rich
Education: B.A., Drake University 1980; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1983; M.Div., Emory University 1989.